Quebrada Supports Kidney Awareness
In support of director/producer, Rick Rosenthal, (Whitewater Films), fighting and winning his own personal battle with advanced kidney disease, Quebrada attended a first of it’s kind inspirational event at UCLA, hosted by the UCLA CORE Kidney program.
The focus was put on the highly skilled team of exceptional and compassionate doctors making all the difference to countless of kidney patients who often are not aware they have the disease till the symptoms have become severe.
The US has the highest rate of new cases of kidney failure in the world, and over a third of these cases have never been evaluated before this life changing event. Early intervention can make all the difference and organ donation in this field is especially unique since it can be made during someone’s lifetime.
The healing element of music was a big part of the evening featuring renowned pianist, Safha Shahidi, who is a member of the Green Ribbon Campaign (GRC), which aims to increase kidney disease awareness.
“Doctors confirm what I’ve always known – that music and the arts are a major part of healing whatever the medical or psychological challenge,” commented Nancy Stephen’s Rick Rosenthal’s wife and foremost advocate.
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Quebrada Entertainment To Executive Produce Colombian Short
Following the company’s new strategy to invest in diverse talent, Quebrada Entertainment has signed on to executive produce Colombian short, Hacienda Paraíso.
The film comes from Colombian-American director Erick Castrillon, who previously co-wrote & produced the award winning short Blast Beat which won Best Drama Award at the 2016 Official Latino Film Festival and the short Vamonos, which won awards at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival 2016 & at the 2016 Imagen Awards. He’s represented by Carlos Bobadilla of Valor Entertainment and plans to make his directorial debut with Hacienda Paraíso to continue his path writing and directing feature films.
Taking place in the heart of the Colombian coffee belt, Hacienda Paraíso follows Clara Bedoya who returns to her native town where she faces her father’s senile dementia, her brother’s indifference, and the absence of her late mother. “Hacienda Paraíso at its core is a story about the fragility of memories and the strength of the human spirit when faced with death,” said Castrillon.
Erick Castrillon is part of Scratch & Sniff Pictures, a multicultural filmmaking collective which aims to fulfill the high demand for truthful Hollywood-style portrayals of underrepresented voices in modern media.
“We’re excited to be supporting such a promising film as Hacienda Paraíso. Part of our mission at Quebrada is to elevate young talent as well as provide diverse and exceptional content,” commented Ana Alicia, President, Quebrada Entertainment, “we’re sure this film will bring both it’s talented filmmakers and diverse storytelling to the forefront.”
Quebrada Collaborates with Intrigue Entertainment
Quebrada is pleased to announce it has two pilots in development with Intrigue Entertainment.
“Joe Wiggins, Intrigue’s development head, is a pleasure to work with. He gives great notes and is a generous collaborator. He understands what this particular market demands and values Quebrada’s skilled development team as well as our mission to bring authentic stories to the forefront.” – Ana Alicia, President, Quebrada Entertainment